On 24 March 2021, British Ambassador Brian Davidson and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), committing to take forward work in Thailand on the UK-funded Better Health Programme.
The Better Health Programme works to ensure better health outcomes for Thailand through technical expertise and knowledge sharing. The Ministry of Public Health and British Embassy Bangkok have been collaborating and developing partnerships in health and academia under the initial stages of the Better Health Programme for several years already. The programme aims to tackle non-communicable diseases by supporting behavioral change; increase the capacity of the healthcare workforce through enhanced education and training and continued professional development; and develop systems which promote patient and healthcare workforce safety in hospitals.
This builds on broader medical and research collaborations between the UK and Thailand, including on vaccines, the developing area of genomics, Covid-19 and mental health.